About the property
- Chateau / Country House4800 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
7 Bedrooms sleeping 14, 2 bathrooms, shower room 2 kitchens,Free WiFi
Set in a small tranquil village in the midst of beautiful vineyards, sunflower fields and woodlands, this ex-residence of a French ambassador is only 5 minutes from supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and boulangeries. The village lies between Cognac the home of the famous brandy and Angouleme the region's capital. It is also only 5 minutes from Jarnac with its' bars restaurants and kayaking on the river Charente as well as being near to the wonderful west coast with its stunning beaches and famous seafood restaurants.
The main house covers three floors and has 7 double bedrooms four of which have twin beds and all of which are decorated in individual styles.
On the ground floor is a fully fitted kitchen, a breakfast room with antique tiled floor and a study and lavatory on one side of the hallway, whilst on the other side is a double sitting room with an original fireplace and TV and DVD.
Above the kitchen is a fully equipped utility room with washing machine, sink and drying facilities.
One wing of the house is a large dining area containing the original alembic used to distil cognac until recently. This also has its’ own kitchen with up to date fixtures and appliances including American fridge with ice maker dishwasher and two ovens and hobs.
The grounds are totally walled, providing total security for your children and complete privacy, comprising of a large cobbled courtyard entered by electronic gates, with a centrepiece fountain and covered parking. 2 hectares of parkland and a large pool which is 12 metres x 6 metres with an electronic cover.
Additional activities: Activities abound in the area. From golf and kayaking to walks on the numerous paths through the vineyards and the towpaths along the Charente river. Why not visit the Museum of the Gabarriers to see the life of a Charente bargee.
Close by is the market town of Rouillac which has a monthly market with reputedly the biggest livestock market in France. Outside Rouillac is a museum of the Roman occupation and the remains of a 5,000 seater roman theatre.
For the more adventurous a visit to the Gironde peninsula is well worthwhile. Here you can visit the great winemaking Chateaus like Margaux and St Emilion or go sand yachting on the miles of beaches. Here among the dunes and pine forests, you can also see the old Second World War German fortifications, or if you prefer watching the world go by, there are plenty of small towns with cafes and restaurants serving fresh seafood.
The Surrounding Area: The pretty town of Jarnac, the birthplace of Francois Mitterand 10 minutes away, sits on the banks of the River Charente where kayaks can be hired to explore the river and also enjoy the fishing. Jarnac is also home to the famous brandy house ‘Courvoisier’. The ancient town of Cognac, home of ‘Hennessy’, ‘Martell’, and ‘Remy Martin’, is a 15-minute drive away. Most of the distilleries offer free tastings and tours. The beginning of March sees the 'Coup de Chauffe' festival, where street entertainers fill the streets with fun, and the beginning of July sees the streets taken over with Blues, Soul Music and Jazz bands with jam sessions between amateur and professional musicians. If you are here in September, there is the Rallye des Remparts in Angouleme where vintage cars race around the town.
Additional services: While you are staying at Bois de Vaux, we offer some add-ons that may make your stay more exciting and enjoyable. Prices are available on application
If you are tired of doing your own cooking, we can arrange meals in the house cooked for your group with of course accompanying wine.
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- May 21, 2018
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A fantastic house with large garden and fabulous pool.
We had a superb holiday in this delightful property. We were a party of 14 and needed 7 bedrooms which it offered. The pool was great and a real treat to enjoy everyday especially for the two children. The large garden and good sized rooms meant we all had space when we needed it. Hugh was a lovely host. Close enough to speak to when we needed to but never intrusive. We would certainly return.
Thank you so much for your review it was a pleasure having you here. You were a delight and left the house In immaculate condition. It would be lovely to have you come again.
Marvellous house and garden for a family holiday
Three generations - 13 of us, aged 11 to 77 - spent two weeks in this lovely property. We had every meal in the garden, taking full advantage of the extensive garden (with red squirrels), the BBQ and the sunshine. The large pool was a great plus. Fast Wi-fi to keep us happy when we weren't exploring or swimming. Fresh croissants and chocalatines from the boulangeries in nearby Rouillac started each day.
We hardly needed to eat away from the house, but the nearby restaurants in Rouillac and Aigre were excellent value for money and catered for us all very well. Angoulême, Cognac and Santes all within easy reach.
Plenty of opportunities for sampling Pineau de Charente (a real local bargain) and Cognac.
The owner, Hugh, who lives on the site, was unobtrusive but always willing to provide help and advice.
A real treat for us all. Highly recommended for an extended family.
Lovely guests it was a pleasure to meet them
Holiday with teenagers in the Charente
We were a party of 14 - 3 families mostly with teenage children. We had a great time. The pool is large and secluded, but we did have to fight for loungers as there aren't enough for all of us. The house was great as all the children stayed on the top floor - plenty of room for them all- and the adults on the first floor in lovely big rooms.
The house has a calm feel to it and we barely left other than to buy a bit of food. If you want a chilled relaxed holiday in beautiful countryside with good local food, this is the place for you.
Hugh made us feel very welcome.
Thank you so much. It was a pleasure having you. Sorry about the delay i've been ill since last year but now recovered,
Perfect relaxing week
My family and I stayed here at the end of July and had a fabulous holiday. There were 7 adults and 6 children and we all thoroughly enjoyed the week. The house is spacious and the kitchen is massive. The beautiful garden is perfect for the children since it is self contained. We spent a lot of time at the property, playing hide and seek in the garden, table tennis, badminton, swimming, BBQs etc. The house is clean and there are 2 dishwashers which is a bonus with a big crowd. The owner is on site in a little house at the front which was handy for questions (e.g. when I needed a high chair). At the end of the week we really felt we had got away.
Lovely relaxing holiday
We had a fantastic week at this house. I stayed here at the end of July with my husband, 3 small children, my sister's family, parents and in-laws. We all thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. The garden is beautiful and perfect for entertaining the little ones since it is self-contained. The owner, Hugh, was on site which was handy for questions (e.g. when I needed a high chair). Clean house and nice big kitchen. We really felt we had got away.
Thank you it was a pleasure meeting you all. I enjoyed having you here.
A lovely relaxing venue
We have arrived back from a lovely relaxing break during the last week of August. As many have already said, the house is full of character, very spacious and well equipped. As a group of ten including teenagers and 9 month old, there was never a moment of feeling on top of each other. We quickly developed the habit of eating breakfast in the small dining room, dining outside in the evening and retiring to the lovely big lounge later on. There is an extremely large kitchen/ dining table indoors also if needed. Hugh was very welcoming and a mine of useful information like restaurant and activity recommendations. It was first visit to France for some of us and we didn't want to come home.
Thank you it was a pleasure having you all to stay. Thank you for laving the place so tidy.
Bois de Vaux is situated in the Cognac area of France close to the river Charente, 15 minutes from Cognac itself and under an hour from the beach. It is close to the A10 motorway and also within an hours drive of airports at Bordeaux, La Rochelle and Poitiers all of which have cheap flights and car rental facilities.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
PRICES QUOTED ABOVE ARE FOR GROUPS OF UP TO 14 PEOPLE. SPECIAL RATES FOR PARTIES SMALLER OR LARGER THAN 10 CAN BE ARRANGED. PLEASE CONTACT THE OWNER FOR DETAILS.